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Gerald Lee Carpenter, 79, of Cedar Point passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Diversicare Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Council Grove following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Gerald was the eighth of nine children of Gus and Ida (Piper) Carpenter and was born Dec. 18, 1938, at the family home in Cedar Point.
Gerald graduated from Cedar Point High School in 1956 and was an outstanding basketball and baseball player.
He married Sharon Elizabeth White of Florence on June 3, 1961. To that marriage were born three sons; Gerald Todd, Timothy Lee, and Stacey Lynn.
Gerald, a.k.a. “Sweeney,” was a well-known third-generation businessman in Cedar Point, Chase and surrounding counties. He owned and operated Gerald’s Repair and Service in Cedar Point from 1969 to 2010, when his health forced him to retire.
Gerald bought out his father Gus’s business, The Trail Garage, which had operated in the same location since Gus built and opened it in 1920. Gus’s father, Jerome, owned and operated a livery stable in Cedar Point in the early 1900s after moving from Texas to Kansas in the late 1880s.
Gerald was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed driving around the Flint Hills in his Broncos, hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He, like his father and brothers, was an accomplished trap shooter, winning the Kansas State Junior Championship in 1954 at the age of 15.
He enjoyed taking vacations on his motorcycle, driving his beloved Model A in parades, and treasured spending time with his five grandchildren — Levi, Jordan, Tori, Dylan, and Colton — whether they were going hunting and fishing, or he was attending their school functions and sporting events.
Gerald is survived by his three sons and their families: Gerald Todd and his wife, Diane (Bezdek), of Marion and their two sons and families; Levi Todd and his wife, Teisha (Rogers), and Dylan Jerome, all of Marion; Timothy Lee and his wife, Lenora (Mallory), of Olathe and their two daughters, Jordan Elizabeth of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Tori Nicole of Olathe; and Stacey Lynn and his wife, Jennie (Linsea), and their son, Colton Lee-Eugene, all of Saginaw, Texas. Also surviving is one sister, Cleta Scott of Strong City, and many nieces and nephews.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, both in 1982, and by seven siblings; Morris Gene in 2001, Janet Jo in 2004, Juanita June in 2008, Anna Margaret in 2012, Richard Jay in 2015, Yvonne Lenore in 2016, and Gus Jr. in 2018.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Marion Christian Church in Marion.
It was Gerald’s wish that he be cremated and his ashes spread at some of his favorite hunting spots.
His marker will be placed with his parents, and two brothers, at Cedar Point Cemetery.
The family encourages memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org in lieu of flowers or gifts. Online condolences at www.zeinerfuneralhomes.com.
Services by Zeiner Funeral Home-Marion, (620) 382-2112.